Julia Adams, Head of College
Julia Adams is professor of Sociology and International and Area Studies. She teaches and does research in politics and state development; social theory and knowledge, and early modern European empires. Her book The Familial State: Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe won the Gaddis Smith Book Prize. She also writes on new forms of knowledge — e.g. on how Wikipedia and other crowd-sourced platforms represent the sciences, humanities and social sciences.
She came to Yale in 2004 after having taught at the University of Michigan, and her academic webpage can be found here: http://sociology.yale.edu/people/julia-adams At Yale she has chaired the Sociology department; directed the Division of the Social Sciences, and served as Deputy Provost for Social Sciences and Faculty Development and Diversity.
Julia Adams is married to Hans van Dijk, and between them they have four children: Lydia, Cassidy, Sebastian and Andrew. Andrew, the youngest, is a rising junior at Bates College. Julia and Hans have two grandchildren, Emmett and August Russell, who live in New Zealand and whom they try to visit as much as they can!
Not-so-guilty pleasures? Sci-fi and fantasy books and films; concerts and other cultural doings in New York City and environs, and swimming in icy bodies of water … including in Lake Superior, off the Oregon coast, or in the Adirondack Mountains.
Hans van Dijk, Associate Head of College
Hans taught American history at the University of Auckland in New Zealand before returning to the U.S. in 2007. Since then, he has worked as an institutional fundraiser in higher education. In addition to his family, his passions include early American history; summers in the Adirondacks; the Frick Museum in New York City; good food, and baseball.
In addition to their four children and two grandchildren, Hans and Julia have a cat, Ninon (Nini), and a puppy, Moby, who is the newest Hopper.